Infection Control - July 2020

Florida opens its first mobile hospital

The state is providing staff and equipment for the unit


Building infection prevention programs at longterm care

Addressing the risk and not just the treatment of infection can save money, too


COVID-19 infecting patients inside healthcare facilities

5,142 patients in the US reported to be infected with coronavirus inside a hospital.


National Guard raises tents outside South Carolina hospital

As of mid July, 84 percent of Orangeburg County’s hospital beds were occupied


How McCormick Place became Chicago's alternate care site

The convention center was converted to a 3,000-bed hospital


California hospitals get help with staffing shortages from military

A total of 160 Air Force healthcare professionals are working in five hospitals


Connecticut Guard helps inspect longterm care facilities

Support from the Guard has enabled the DPH to inspect more longterm care facilities more frequently


Masks, gowns shortage to leave hospital workers exposed

Without federal guidance, states must compete for products


Nursing home infection prevention should be group effort

Environmental services and facilities management staffs need to work together


Meeting the needs of non-Covid patients

Healthcare facilities must manage patients with time-sensitive and medically complex conditions


Pandemic increases union activity among hospital workers

The main concerns are adequate staffing and PPE


Idaho hospital steps up its cleaning efforts for Covid

The hospital now uses electrostatic sprayers and a hydrogen peroxide-based dry fog


Candida auris infects L.A. County healthcare facility

The shortage of medical equipment may be helping to spread


Improper medical waste management can bring risks

Disposing of waste can be overwhelming for small healthcare facilities


Report says nearly all healthcare workers dealing with COVID need N95s

Allowing surgical masks and medical masks to be used in circumstances where N95s should be used detracts from the effort to supply enough N95s


Healthcare food service operators ‘cautiously optimistic’ during pandemic

Healthcare operators are less likely to see longer-term impacts than other food service segments


Refrigerator trucks deployed in Texas as hospital morgues fill up

More than 4,000 Texans have died from the coronavirus and counties are preparing for even more deaths


Infection control best practices for healthcare facilities

Limiting patient visitors helps keep the virus from entering healthcare facilities


America is running short on PPE again

Nurses say they are reusing N95 masks for days and weeks at a time


Hurricanes may mean field hospitals not answer for Florida’s COVID-19 surge

The state is focusing on expanding hospital surge capacity instead


Coronavirus infections spike among workers at San Francisco hospital

Forty-five workers at San Francisco General Hospital tested positive


New surge of Covid-19 patients straining hospitals

ICU units are reaching capacity


FDA publishes list of hand sanitizers that may be toxic

Fifty-five products are on the list


Workers link COVID-19 outbreak at California hospital to mismanagement

Staff members say not properly separating patients, short staffing and a lack of testing and protective gear has led to an outbreak


Ozone disinfection could allow safe reuse of PPE

Method doesn’t work on items that include stapled-on elastic straps


New Covid care center in India the size of 20 football fields

Indian officials called the 10,000-bed Sardar Patel Covid care centre, one of the largest such facilities in the world


Healthcare facility trends to expect as staff returns to work

Organizations consider how to best eliminate the risk of coronavirus transmission among staff


ADA considerations part of facility adjustments for COVID-19

Changes to entrances, restrooms and office areas will need to be accessible


Hospital staff’s perception can impact cleaning of pediatric wards

Surfaces that are easiest to clean can become most contaminated after cleaning


Illinois governor asked to move nursing home residents to hotels

Pritzker administration against ‘moving medically fragile people’


Atlanta coronavirus field hospital to be reopened

The facility was first turned into a 200-bed alternative care location in April


Boston company offers to build ‘sanitization stations' for local healthcare workers

These temporary shower can be installed inside or outside workers' homes


Mask-strapped healthcare facilities turn to mask-cleaning system

Issues with availability of materials is contributing to the shortages


6,500 dead from COVID-19 in N.J. nursing homes

Department of Health inspectors reported few issues


Hospitals working to maintain PPE supplies before flu season

Hospitals are stockpiling personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields and gowns


N.H. nursing homes receive defective equipment from FEMA

In New Hampshire, 80 percent of the COVID-19 deaths have been residents of nursing homes


Texas announces $9 million for nursing home infection control projects

Nursing facilities are encouraged to submit applications to the HHSC to receive the funding


Florida hospital ICUs hitting capacity

These hospitals were spread across more than 20 counties


Enhanced safety measures initiated to make hospital patients comfortable about seeking care

Washington system established guidelines to ensure patients safety


N95s urged for all inpatient COVID care

N95 respirators are better at filtering out aerosol generating particles


Federal records show healthcare workers’ pleas for better COVID protective gear

A third of the healthcare-related COVID-19 complaints remain open


What a second wave of Covid-19 could look like

A second wave during flu season could potentially overwhelm the healthcare system


Arizona nursing homes preparing for another coronavirus surge

As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to rise, nursing homes are emphasizing frequent testing


Adapting construction sites at healthcare facilities

Containment systems and anterooms can keep negative air pressure within the workspace and out of patient rooms


Pandemic changing strategies for parking garages

Moving into the new normal of parking garage management


LA’s motion picture home battles coronavirus despite precautions

Management stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks and gloves


Pa. nursing home requires non-medical staff to assist nurses

Building maintenance staff and others are told to help with resident care


N95 mask shortage still a problem

More than 20 states saw an increase in their daily average of coronavirus cases in mid-June


Michigan won’t put COVID-19 patients in vacant facilities

But state officials set up a system in which infected residents are cared for in isolated areas of nursing homes


Hospitals in San Antonio implementing no-visitor policy amid Covid spike

Visitors allowed for critically ill, laboring, pediatric patients


Covid outbreak at Mass. veterans facility linked catastrophic decisions

Holyoke Soldiers' Home outbreak killed 76 vets


Healthcare facilities adjust practices based on supply shortages

Many facilities have started self-producing PPE and test materials and reprocessing respirators


Pro hand-hygiene culture better than monitoring devices

Consistent and constant messaging and staff empowerment as key drivers of success, according to a study


Masks, field hospitals seen as urgent preparations for second wave

Ontario Hospital Association also called for the Ontario government to give clearer advice about when people should wear masks


Honda, GM producing hand sanitizer for healthcare facilities

An apparatus designed to manufacture the electrodes used in the fuel cells has been repurposed


Preparation for entering the next pandemic with copper and other automatic door solutions

It is critical for public spaces to implement solutions to prevent escalating virus spread as they re-open in the new normal


GEMA, Georgia National Guard moving makeshift hospital for potential second wave

Seventy-six beds will be set up in the Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Milledgeville



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